These are the the files that were updated or created for the Warbird Registry for the month of January. If you have images or information on a warbird, wiether listed in the registry or not, please feell free to submit them to
A very nice story appeared in the Bakersfield Californian today regarding a Vultee BT-13 project owned by Marc McCaslin of Bakersfield. At 29 years old, Marc represents the future of the warbird community… those who inherit a passion for WWII aviation from those who came before them and aspire to keep the history alive.
The story also includes a short video about the project as well.
New year, new Airshow to plan. The 1941 Historical Aircraft Group has started their Airshow planning meetings. While a bit too early for any news, it’s not too early to think about volunteering at the Airshow. As you may know, 1941 HAG is a 100%volunteer organization and volunteers are needed in all areas of the airshow. Flight line, fuel island, parking, shuttle drivers, food preparation and sale, you name it, we can use you. Even volunteering as a Chairperson would allow you to use your managerial and supervisory skills for a good cause. Contact the Museum for more information. The link to the website is at the bottom of this post
21 January 1911
Lieutenant Paul W. Beck sent the first wireless-telephonic message from an aeroplane, sending a message from a Wright biplane over Selfridge Field in Michigan.
26 January 1911
Glenn Curtiss made the first premeditated aeroplane landing on water, water taxiing and water take-off from USS Pennyslvania in San Diego Bay.
Hello Folks, you may have noticed that I changed the dates to the military style of DD/MM/YYYY instead of civilian style of MM/DD/YYYY. Since it is military history, military dating sounds and looks right, I think. You can let me know if it isn’t, thanks.
Be Safe, Tom K.
18 January 1905 The Wright Brothers opened negotiations with the U.S. Government for the sale of an aeroplane.
16 January 1911
The first photo reconnaissance flight was unable to locate troops from the air.
18 January 1911
Eugene Ely, an exhibition pilot, made the first landing on a ship. He touched down on a 120 foot long platform that had been erected on the stern of the cruiser U.S.S. Pennsylvania. The ship was moored in San Francisco Bay. The Curtiss biplane was fitted with three pairs of spring loaded hooks on the undercarriage and cables were stretched across the temporary flight deck at intervals of three feet. The aircraft came to a halt after 30 feet.
21 January 1911
Lieutenant Paul W. Beck sent the first wireless-telephonic message from an airplane, sending a message from a Wright biplane over Selfridge Field in Michigan.
Two German Navy Zeppelins LZ24 (L3) and LZ27 (L4) made the first airship raid on Great Britain, and a third, LZ31 (L6) returned early due to engine problems.
Bombs from L3 fell on Great Yarmouth, while L4 dropped incindiaries and bombs on Sheringham, Thornham, Hunstanton, Heacham, Snettisham and King’s Lynn. Several civilians were killed or wounded.
17 January 1916
The strength of the Signal Corps Aviation Section consisted of 49 personnel and 25 aircraft.
20 January 1940
The Brazilian Air Force, founded in 1908 as the Brazilian Army Balloon Corps, adopted its current title, Forca Aerea Brasileira.
18 January 1944
United States Navy (USN) Consolidated Catalinas, equipped with Magnetic Anomaly Detection (MAD) equipment, began to patrol the Straits of Gibraltar. This action was intended to prevent German submarines from entering the Mediterranean.
16 January 1945
Allied air and ground operations forced the German bulge forces in the Ardennes to retreat.
15 January 1950 General of the Air Force H.H. Arnold died of a heart ailment.
16 January 1951
Six Consolidated Vultee B-36D bombers of the United States Air Force (USAF) landed at Lakenheath, Suffolk on a training mission from their base at Carswell, Fort Worth, Texas.
Wed Jan 17, 12:11 AM ETLONDON (AFP) – Four British soldiers in Afghanistan strapped themselves to the wings of fast-moving Apache attack helicopters in a daring attempt to rescue a comrade shot by the Taliban, the defence ministry said.
“This is believed to be the first time UK forces have ever tried this type of rescue mission … It was an extraordinary tale of heroism and bravery of our airmen, soldiers and marines who were all prepared to put themselves back into the line of fire to rescue a fallen comrade,” said UK Task Force spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Rory Bruce.
The Minnesota Air National Guard Museum has called upon its representatives in Congress to stop a plan by the US Air Force to commandeer the museum’s A-12 Blackbird spyplane, to display outside the Virginia headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Any positive mention about warbirds in the mainstream media is a good thing these days! It was good to see a little blurb in the Cincinnati Post today about the Tri-State Warbird Museum located in Batavia, OH at the Clermont County Airport.
The growing collection currently includes a P-51 Mustang, B-25 Mitchell, and a TBM Avenger and has a FG-1D Corsair and P-40 Warhawk under restoration. Aircraft are kept in immaculate flying condition and can be seen at many local events and airshows. The beautiful and new museum facility in Batavia is well worth a visit!
It would have been more poetic to say “fly a T-6 in 2006″… but alas, that year has past and now we have a roaring 2007 to look forward to!
And what a better way to celebrate 2007 in full warbird fashion than to fly aboard an AT-6 Texan Advanced Trainer! Whether you are a pilot or just an enthusiast, several touring organizations offer full ride/flight packages to would-be dogfighters all across the nation.
Two of the major groups have announced their 2007 schedule, and we are pleased to offer them to you here on Wartbirds-Online.